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Moth - no common name

Beebea guglielmi Schaus (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae, Pyraustinae)

Description:

Moth on the screen of my room. Wingspan approx. 1.5 inches = 38.1 mm. Irregular black spots with slightly iridescent wings.

Habitat:

The caterpillar of this moth feeds on dead giant cacti.

Notes:

See Bernard's notes below for more details!

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Beebea guglielmi Schaus (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae, Pyraustinae) CDF Galapagos Species Checklists - Beebea guglielmi


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13 Comments

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thank you Kathleen and Luis!

Exciting!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Excellent find Neil!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

I know what you mean - I'm a herper at heart and a few years ago I would have scoffed at a moth! :)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 5 years ago

I just noticed that I didn't phrase that right. It should have read: "most people would dismiss this as a silly little moth..." I'm with you in that everything is worth looking at. In fact, I know I miss stuff sometimes because I spend too much time with certain subjects. :-)

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks Aaron. Now that I've been on PN for a while, almost no living thing is silly. Before PN, I was only interested in reptiles and amphibians, now it is every living thing!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 5 years ago

You never know what kind of animal will be among the most special finds on a trip like this. Most people would dismiss a silly little moth, but you snapped a photo and got to be part of something really cool. Great find, Neil!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thank you Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Great find Neil!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks Jake! And a big thank you to Bernard from the Darwin Foundation!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 5 years ago

CDF - Thank you for all of the exciting info! Wow!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Spectacular Neil! What an exciting find!

Thanks for identifying this moth, Bernard! - NeilDazet: you will not get a better ID than this; Bernard is THE specialist on Galapagos moths! Note that this moth does not (yet) have a common name - Join us on facebook.com/darwinfoundation for further info on our work.

The caterpillar of this moth feeds on dead giant cacti. I have seen only one in 8 months in the field in the Galapagos between 1989 and 2005. So it's not common!

NeilDazet
Spotted by
NeilDazet

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Provincia de Gal√°pagos, Ecuador

Lat: -0.74, Long: -90.30

Spotted on Oct 22, 2013
Submitted on Nov 4, 2013

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